COLBY, Kan. - One down and another one to go! Political conventions are rousing pep rallies! I subscribe to Wordsmith by Anu Garg and the word for today, "concomitant"' is quite appropriate for both major political party conventions.
These usage examples say an awful lot about the voting public and the campaign managers.
"A harmless hilarity and a buoyant cheerfulness are not infrequent concomitants of genius; and we are never more deceived than when we mistake gravity for greatness, solemnity for science, and pomposity for erudition." (Charles Caleb Colton; Lacon: or Many Things in Few Words; Longmans; 1837)
"The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding, and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism, and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second." (Novelist and Nobel laureate John Steinbeck, 1902-1968)
I listened to a few of the speeches from the Republican Convention. They all concentrated on embellishing kindness, generosity, openness, honesty, understanding, and emotional feelings of the slate of candidates and platform of their party. They also pointed out how they, and you, should detest all those negatives that fit the other party's program. (Some of us have a different opinion on which platform fits that negative list.) They blame Obama for all the ills of society today. They chastise Obama for pointing out the failures of the Bush administration.
Look at facts! The economy was strong and we had surplus revenue that was reducing the national debt, at the end of the eight years of Clinton's reign. We were not extensively involed in military action or conquest.
It took eight years for all that to disappear. The upper echelon of wealthy folks continued to build their net worth and increase their net income, while the middle and lower group lost substantial amounts of their net worth and income.
The Bush tax cuts and deregulation did not invigorate the economy nor did they produce jobs. How do the Republicans intend to revive the economy? More of the same! Get the government out of the regulation business. Let the market determine ethics and morality, when it comes to business. But, let's legislate ethics and morality in the private lives of all our citizens.
The religious institutions don't seem to be controlling their people, so, let's make it a government mandate or restriction. You are free to make your own decision on ethics concerning profit making business endeavors. But, you will adhere to my theology when it comes to your personal behavior and practices. We have the best health care specialists and facilities in the world, if you can't afford them, then suffer the consequences. Let the insurance companies determine what your health needs are. Surely, profit isn't going to have any influence on what they will cover and what they won't cover.
If it is working, don't change it. If it isn't working, then maybe you should make some changes.
The Republicans have done a pretty good job of preventing any changes. Just say NO. That was their promise from the get go, after the last presidential election. Their idea of compromise is simply, do it our way or no way. Party comes first and Nation comes second.